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In the Shadow of the Sword Free read Ï 6 ✓ The acclaimed author of Rubicon and other superb works of popular history now produces a thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam   No less significant than the collapse of the Roman Republic or the Persian invasion of Greece the evolution of the Arab empire is onPire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history a story dazzlingly rich in drama character and achievement  Just like the Romans the Arabs came from nowhere to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion except that they achieved their conuests not over the course of centuries as t. In the Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland is an overview of the predecessors of Islam and Islam's first hundred years The first 75% of the book covers the centuries immediately before Islam up to about the year 610 and the last 25% covers Mohammed the uran and the first century of Islamic expansion Holland's premise is that Islam's birth was of an evolution than a revolution that Islam was in continuity with what went before and around it Given his premise Holland focuses on the Roman and Persian Empires on Judaism Zoroastrianism and Christianity and somewhat on the local religious practices in Arabia The implication is that Islam is a uniue hybrid mix of all these influences In contrast to Christianity which had Judaism as its primary source Islam had multiple sources This book would have been better if Holland had done a better job connecting the dots between Islam and its preceding influences It's mostly left to the reader to make the connections A reader like myself who is not very familiar with Islam will be unaware of those influences and connections It also would have been better if details about Mohammed had been included After reading this book I still don't have a clear picture of Mohammed Holland attributes the success of Islamic colonialism to the declines of the war weary Roman and Persian Empires as well as to the Black Death which had decimated the Indigenous peoples prior to Islamic invasion Overall a decent if somewhat dry overview of the evolution of Islam Rating 4 out of 5 starsNotes Audiobook Narrated by Steven Crossley Length 18 hours and 11 minutes Release Date 2015 05 12 Publisher Tantor Audio

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He Romans did but in a matter of decades Just like the Greeks during the Persian wars they overcame seemingly insuperable odds to emerge triumphant against the greatest empire of the day not by standing on the defensive however but by hurling themselves against all who lay in their path. I found this an invaluable account in a single volume of how the monotheistic religions on the Middle East developed and inter related Each influenced the others but each retained and retain their own view as being the right passage to eternity Theologians and ancient history specialists may uibble about the book or parts of it but this general reader liked and likes it

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In the Shadow of the SwordThe acclaimed author of Rubicon and other superb works of popular history now produces a thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam   No less significant than the collapse of the Roman Republic or the Persian invasion of Greece the evolution of the Arab em. 2nd Attempt ReviewThere's a wealth of information here and the second time via audio was the charm to get through the dense chronological meandering tour of Late Antiuity history I know the lengthy first 23rds about Judaism and Christianity was to give context to the rise of Islam as a pastiche of its sister Abrahamic religions pretty much a product of its time in an era of upheaveal but I think Holland could have chosen his context judiciously instead of dumping all his research like an indigestible brick of cold mac cheeseThat said when the book finally did get around to Islam it was uite illuminating I knew that it borrowed uite heavily but just how it morphed from its origins and what it specifically borrowed was very surprising in placesRecommended but with caveats If you can get the audio version read by Steven Crossley he delivers Holland's prose with deft flair that made the slow draggy parts seem less so2nd Attempt 72817I snagged the audiobook version of this hoping that a format change would be the success that physically reading it wasn't Happy to report that has been the case as in 3 days I'm already past the halfway point I love summer when I can work outside for hours with ipod chugging along Original ReviewA apt title would be A Chronological Recitation of The History of the Abrahamic Religions With Multitudinous Minutiae Relating To Christianity and Judaism With Perhaps An Eventual Arrival At the Religion Mentioned in the Title But Not GuaranteedGet to the effin' point alreadyMy patience couldn't bear it out beyond the halfway pointOther nit to pick Holland loves parenthetical expressions and he diagrams his sentences in a way that doesn't trip off the tongue or the brain The section on Judaism was so protracted and wandering I felt I'd been reading it for forty years See what I did thereSo not only was this book's premise a lumpy mess so was the prose I'll have to find another book that deals with this subject in a less aimless way